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Dispute on outdoor basketball court ends with 17-year-old shot to death

Posted at 7:58 PM, May 16, 2024

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A dispute between several people on a basketball court Thursday night in a Kansas City, Missouri, park ended with gunfire and one teen dead.

The homicide happened about 6:30 p.m. in the Town Fork Creek Greenway Park at East 57th Street and Bellefontaine Avenue.

Officers responded to the park on a report of a shooting and found the teen, identified later by police as 17-year-old Benyamin B. Hawthrone, with gunshot wounds.

He died at the scene, police said.

Homicide detectives and crime scene technicians were on the scene collecting evidence and talking with possible witnesses.

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